Franklin Theatre

    Our Story


    Our enduring romance with the Franklin Theatre began in the summer of 1937 when the marquee first illuminated Main Street, invited Middle Tennesseans to buy a ticket – and laugh, cry and dream. Inside the theater walls, moviegoers enjoyed fresh popcorn, afternoon matinees and first kisses. They walked away with a lifetime of memories.

    Over the next 70 years, the world changed a lot – but the Franklin Theatre stood as a testament to a simpler way of life. But time eventually took its toll on the venerable movie house, and the doors closed in 2007 under the pressing of rising rents and the trend toward mega-theaters.

    Enter the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. Rather than lose the heart of Main Street, the nonprofit preservation group stepped in to buy and rehabilitate the historic landmark. After three years of work – and an investment of more than $8 million – the historic Franklin Theatre re-emerged better than ever.

    The new Franklin Theatre continues the cherished tradition of showing movies, but also adds a new dimension to Main Street – live music. With a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, and undeniable charm, the Franklin Theatre is destined to be an entertainment and cultural icon for years to come.

    Venue Details
    Working Hours
    • Weekdays
      12:00 - 5:00
    • Saturday
      09:00 - 23:59
    • Sunday
      09:00 - 23:59
    Venue Details
    Working Hours
    • Weekdays
      12:00 - 5:00
    • Saturday
      09:00 - 23:59
    • Sunday
      09:00 - 23:59
    Venue Map
    Events of the Venue
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    October 5, 2022
    7:30 pm
    It’s hard to keep up with all the different holidays throughout the year but there is one that must never be missed - National Mean Girls Day! Join us at The Franklin Theatre to watch the unexpected cult classic and celebrate the day Aaron Samuels first spoke to Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) by asking what day it was.
    October 7, 2022
    7:30 pm
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    October 8, 2022
    10:00 am
    When a man (Christopher Lloyd) claiming to be Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams (Raul Julia), arrives at the Addams’ home, the family is thrilled. However, Morticia (Anjelica Huston) begins to suspect the man is a fraud, since he...
    October 8, 2022
    8:00 pm
    For over 60 years The Dillards have brought their signature “L.A. Bluegrass/Country Rock” full-harmony sound to audiences across the globe, creating an imprint so large that musicians from all across the spectrum credit The Dillards as a singular influence –...
    October 9, 2022
    7:30 pm
    Much more than just a singer, Grammy-nominated Sophie B. Hawkins writes all her own songs, is a multi-instrumentalist, and has been fully involved in every aspect of the production of her records herself, from background vocals and playing her own instruments, to engineering and production of her albums. She has proved an enduring artist with a fierce commitment to artistic integrity while both constantly evolving and remaining steadfastly true to her own authentic history and experience which connects her to her fans at the very deepest levels.
    October 11, 2022
    7:00 pm
    4th Annual Morning Pointe Seniors Got Talent Franklin Show Sponsored by MTPS, a Guardian Pharmacy Benefiting the work of the Morning Pointe Foundation providing nursing scholarships and caregiver support programs.   Don’t miss this annual event showcasing some of our most...
    October 13, 2022
    7:00 pm
    Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.
    October 15, 2022
    8:00 pm
    Seven-time Grammy-nominated Paula Cole, known for timeless hits "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone," and "I Don't Want to Wait," returns to The Franklin Theatre on October 15th. Paula Cole has never been afraid of speaking complex truths. With a musical catalog defined by honest and deeply personal lyrics carried by her powerful, radiant voice, Cole has always had a gift for discerning the underlying humanity in stories from her own life as well as those around her, and channeling those emotional elements into captivating music. On her latest record, Cole has applied this natural insight to American history and musical roots traditions by interpreting a selection of classic songs – each of which provide an entry point for rediscovering the overlooked stories and figures that populate America’s interwoven cultural lineage.
    October 16, 2022
    7:00 pm
    John Chisum is a prolific Christian songwriter and recording artist whose songs have been featured on dozens of Integrity Music recordings, many of the Time-Life Music Series, and recorded by such artists as The Gaither Vocal Band, Larnelle Harris, Steve Green, The Cathedrals, Don Moen, and on John’s own popular recordings. His sense of humor and inspirational message will make this a delightful evening of music and entertainment as he welcomes an unforgettable lineup of artists to support Hands Across the Sea, a children’s literacy organization serving over 850 schools and communities in the Eastern Caribbean.
    October 17, 2022
    10:00 am
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    October 19, 2022
    2:30 pm
    A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. Franklin Theatre
    October 20, 2022
    7:00 pm
    The life you want can be yours. And you can begin to earn it, achieve it, and live it right now.   Social media sensation and entrepreneur Gabriel Conte seems to have it all – a fulfilling marriage, successful business...
    October 21, 2022
    8:00 pm
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    October 23, 2022
    1:00 pm
    Julie Fowlis is a multi-award-winning Gaelic singer who is deeply influenced by her early upbringing in the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist. With a career spanning five studio albums and numerous high-profile collaborations, her ‘crystalline’ and ‘intoxicating’ vocals have enchanted audiences around the world. Nominated as ‘Folk Singer of the Year’ at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and ‘Best Artist’ at the Songlines World Music Awards, Julie is an engaging live performer who has graced stages around the world, from village halls in the Highlands to Carnegie Hall in New York, from The Philharmonie de Paris to Shakespeare’s Globe in London. With performances at the World Festival of Sacred Music in Fez, Morocco, to collaborations with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, Julie is in much demand as an exponent for her native traditions.
    October 24, 2022
    7:00 pm
    On October 24, 2022, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, poet and activist Allison Russell will headline a benefit for Healing Housing, a nonprofit residential addiction recovery program serving women with limited financial resources in Middle TN.   Hailed by critics worldwide for...
    October 25, 2022
    7:00 pm
    Joining Michael for this very special evening will be his Road Beyond Band featuring Ryan Murphey. Ryan and Michael’s most recent release, The Road Beyond the View, is available now!
    October 27, 2022
    7:00 pm
    She Sings™: Rebecca Magnuson is a soaring one-woman musical that has premiered to sold out audiences across the U.S., from off-Broadway to Los Angeles, and most recently in Cannes, France.  The show is also a 5- Part Limited Series Documentary,...
    October 28, 2022
    8:00 pm
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    October 30, 2022
    7:00 pm
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    October 31, 2022
    6:00 pm
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    November 3, 2022
    8:00 pm
    Experience the music of 70‘s rock duo Seals & Crofts in a whole new way. Hear the hits “Summer Breeze,” “Diamond Girl,” and “We May Never Pass This Way (Again),” artfully re-imagined with a reverent nod to the past. Seals...
    November 4, 2022
    7:30 pm
    Join us for Studio Tenn’s annual Fall Benefit concert featuring an evening with Michael Feinstein as he leads a journey through the Great American Songbook, which features songs from Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin and many more....
    November 8, 2022
    8:00 pm
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    November 9, 2022
    8:00 pm
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    November 10, 2022
    8:00 pm
    For more than thirty years, Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre.
    November 11, 2022
    8:00 pm
    Augustana is back with new music, and through its formation, its creator Dan Layus has stepped into a new musical universe.    While the artist is well-known for its anthemic indie-rock leaning hits like “Boston”, “Sweet and Low” and “Steal...
    November 12, 2022
    8:00 pm
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    November 15, 2022
    7:00 pm
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    November 17, 2022
    8:00 pm
    George Winston is undeniably a household name. He’s inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years while selling 15 million albums. A tireless road warrior playing nearly 100 concerts annually, live performance for Winston is akin to breathing.
    November 18, 2022
    8:00 pm
      No Depression may have said it best when they called Lee Roy Parnell “a fine writer blessed with a rich, soulful vocal delivery and a blistering array of guitar chops drawn almost equally from Texas blues, Memphis soul, and...
    November 19, 2022
    3:00 pm
    His magic has amazed audience on The Late Late show on national CBS-TV, aboard Disney Cruise Lines, and at the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood (get this one in 2021). Now master magician Jason Hudy is bringing his mind-expanding “Mesmerizing Magic” Show to The Franklin Theatre for a magical extravaganza that is sure to captivate and enthrall your entire family!
    November 25, 2022
    7:00 pm
    As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), and children, as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and house...
    November 26, 2022
    8:00 pm
    These performances are rescheduled to December 3-4, 2021. All previously purchased tickets will automatically transfer to the new dates.


    We thank you for your continued support and patronage of the Franklin Theatre and remain committed to bringing you the best entertainment experience, while also seeing to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, artists, and visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.



    Part of the Celebration of Dance Series
    November 27, 2022
    10:00 am
    In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from...
    November 27, 2022
    2:30 pm
    A human baby raised as an elf. A city where no one remembers the true meaning of Christmas. Will Ferrell (Old School) stars as Buddy, a human raised in the North Pole to be an elf. After wreaking havoc in...
    December 1, 2022
    8:00 pm
    Levi’s stunning piano/vocal holiday show infuses gospel, country, rockabilly and jazz into a fresh and flawless collection of Christmas classics and holiday favorites. His storytelling and comedic timing will have you in stitches while his ability to embody a song will bring you to tears. Don't miss this unique and intimate evening from one of Broadway’s Tony Award winning talents (Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet).
    December 2, 2022
    8:00 pm
    The first Glenn Miller Orchestra did not make it at all. It was a total and absolute economic failure. But Glenn knew what he wanted, held to that dedication and relentlessly worked to succeed. He launched his second band –...
    December 3, 2022
    2:00 pm
    Jars of Clay Family Christmas LIVESTREAM 2022 ticket tiers.  A Portion of ALL LIVESTREAM ticket tiers will benefit Blood Water Mission so have some Christmas Spirit and be generous with your purchase! Pay what you WANT! As little as $5...
    December 4, 2022
    7:00 pm
    Get in the holiday spirit with the jazzy classics from Vince Guaraldi Trio’s beloved “A Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack, as showcased by The Lori Mechem Quartet.  As founder of the Nashville Jazz Workshop, along with husband Roger Spencer, Lori Mechem...
    December 6, 2022
    2:30 pm
      Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to sell all her possessions and live it up at a posh Central European hotel.   Please be aware the Franklin Theatre does not show previews. The movie will...
    December 7, 2022
    7:00 pm
    Multi-Grammy Award winners Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are among the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music. Dailey & Vincent’s sound is a concoction of traditional country, bluegrass and gospel music. Their “All I Want for Christmas is...
    December 9, 2022
    8:00 pm
    Louis York is the creation of multi-GRAMMY nominated songwriting and production duo Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony who left the City of Angels for Music City to open Weirdo Workshop, their company and label that produces music for other artists and musicians, including themselves, as well as all-female band The Shindellas.
    December 10, 2022
    7:00 pm
    On-Sale Date Changed to 7/22   “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol” Adapted by Mark CabusYou may think you know Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol by heart, but you’ve never seen anything quite like actor-writer-director Mark Cabus’ acclaimed solo performance of...
    December 12, 2022
    2:30 pm
    A Christmastime drama centered around the Whitfield family’s first holiday together in four years.   Please be aware the Franklin Theatre does not show previews. The movie will begin at the posted time. Franklin Theatre
    December 13, 2022
    10:00 am
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    December 13, 2022
    7:00 pm
    A young man inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.   Please be aware the Franklin Theatre does not show previews. The movie will begin at...
    December 14, 2022
    8:00 pm
    Ring in your Christmas season with a night of holiday classics, sacred favorites, and all the beloved sentiments of the season. From lush orchestral settings to heart-warming a cappella carols, this holiday show has become an annual Christmas tradition for Veritas, as well as individuals and families across the country!
    December 15, 2022
    8:00 pm
    Beth is back out touring in support of CrazyTown in 2022 so get ready to laugh and cry and, well, just fasten your seat belt. One thing you can count on at a BNC concert is one great song after...
    December 16, 2022
    8:00 pm
    Melinda Doolittle is a soul–stirring songstress. She is a flawless vocalist with irresistible artistry and effortless style compelling her audiences to keep listening.  Tone deaf as a child, Doolittle went on to become the favorite of American Idol judge Simon...
    December 17, 2022
    3:00 pm
    Nashville Elvis Festival presents CHRISTMAS WITH THE KING: A HOLIDAY TRIBUTE TO ELVIS — A special 2-hour show starring world champion Elvis tribute artist COTE DEONATH (www.CoteAsElvis.com). The 5th annual show features costume changes, a visit by Santa Claus and some of the King’s...